Last updated on November 15th, 2015 at 12:08 pm

Men's Winter Accessories

Having a wardrobe without accessories is like living a life without music. You could of course survive without them, but it would invariably make every day a little less manageable, and a little more boring.

As such I’ve picked out a few select items that represent my picks of the season and they may make nice purchases for yourself, or alternatively for gifts ideas to be bought for you in the run up to Christmas. Either way this should give you some inspiration regarding what’s hot this winter and men’s winter accessories!

Men’s Winter Accessories

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Mens Gloves

With regard to gloves there are rarely any particularly outstanding trends. You tend to get a similar selection year-to-year with knits vs leathers being the common decision to make. For casual outfits, I would side with the knitwear option, and for more formal affairs, a classic leather glove would be ideal. With leather gloves they tend to come in fine leather and suede options, and with many differing designs, embroidery and embellishment.

The first option shows the Zara Quilted Leather Gloves which are a twist on the traditional plain leather glove, and displays checked stitch-work to create a quilted effect. These would be great dressed up with a suit and overcoat, or dressed down with a leather jacket and jeans. Next up are the YMC Lambswool Gloves which feature a two tone effect with a very on trend flash of plum alongside the grey which would be great for those casual days with a knitted hoody or chunky cardigan. Finally the Vivienne Westwood Skull Leather gloves are mahogany brown leather and feature little rebellious skull and crossbones to quietly stop you conforming to the classical mainstream.

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Left to right:
Zara Quilted Leather Gloves £25.99 from Zara.
YMC Lambswool Gloves £35 from Mr Porter.
Vivienne Westwood Skull Gloves – £180 from Selfridges.

Mens Hats

Chunky knits are very fashionable this season alongside their chunky scarf accomplices. With regard to wear, the chunky stuff is not particularly formal, but I don’t see any reason that you couldn’t wear it as so, with the right style in a muted palate. There is an abundance of cable knit in stores this winter and the first option follows this trend.

The Zara Cable Knit Beanie is cool in its simplicity, with a suitably wintery aqua blue tone and chunky knit detail it would style well with a check shirt, gilet and cords. The Mark by Mark Jacobs option would be perfect to add a pop of colour to your outfit with its coral orange tone, and a big salt and pepper bobble to throw a bit of character out there. Great for casual wear or if you don’t have to be too smart on your journey to work. The final hat option is a funky Paul Smith Striped Beanie Hat, and it combines two of the season’s trends, colour pops and cable knit, and features a cool bobble too. Wear with a navy geometric jumper, and jeans for a funky winter aesthetic.

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Left to right:
Paul Smith Striped Beanie Hat £80 from Selfridges.
Zara Cable Knit Beanie £9.99 from Zara.
Mark Jacobs Wool Blend Bobble Hat £65 from Mr Porter.

Mens Socks

Socks are a winter essential, and a mainstay present for the festive period from your Mum or Gran. Given this, you may as well request some funky designs you like. Traditional geometric patterns, flat block colours, and something a little crazy seem to constitute the sock options available this season, so I have picked out one of each.

Topman have their paint splat socks to add a bit of fun to any sock draw, with blue, navy, red, purple and while splats. For the more traditional gentleman I’ve picked out the Armani Eagle Socks, which are black stretch cotton, and feature label’s iconic eagle logo for a signature finish would be great for work or festive parties. The J Crew Argyle socks are great! They would work equally well casually or formally, and feature a navy, grey, red and gold argyle pattern. They would look great sneaking out of a pair of tan brogues, and below some chino’s this wintertime.

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Left to right:
J Crew Cotton-Blend Argyle Socks £15 from Mr Porter.
Topman Paint Splat Socks £3 from Topman.
Armani Eagle Socks £14 from Selfridges.

Mens Card Holders and Wallets

I have always championed the idea of wherever possible, change belongs in your pocket, notes in a money clip and cards go in a cardholder and with the decreasing necessity of liquid finance on your person, this is a great way to streamline your wallet for occasions when you don’t need everything. As such I’ve given you three of the finest cardholders on the market, with some really fine detailing to contain the cards and identification to get you through!

Diesel does some great leather goods, and this simple but stylish mens cardholder is classic black, with a curved bottom card slot and Diesel logo. Next is the awesome Smythson crocodile embossed card holder, in a reddish-brown hue and features one side card hole, with a centre option also. It also displays the the bond street luxury goods establishment’s details on the opposite side, who if you’re interested make a cracking iPhone case too. Finally the Alexander McQueen Brogue detail card case features brogue style edging and ample horizontal and vertical slots for cards galore. It comes in tan brown and is a pleasant twist on the traditional.

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Left to right:
Smythson Crocodile Cardholder £95 from Mr Porter.
Diesel Cardholder £37 from House of Fraser.
Alexander McQueen Brogue Cardcase £100 from Selfridges.

Mens Ties

With parties galore and for office based folk the daily toil, means a good selection of ties will never go amiss. Ted Baker’s Club Stripe Tie has a distinctly collegiate feel and features bold contrasting colours with diagonal stripe detailing. The tie is 100% silk and would equally do dinner party or day-to-day office. I like the Penrose Frost Tie because it’s a twist on a traditional polka-dot tie design. It features opposing ovals set on a bold red-maroon backdrop and this elegant tie would make a great addition to your work collection. Finally I have stumbled across the awesome tie from Alexander Olch who make dapper dressing a modern affair by subtly updating classic styles. The multi-coloured palette of this plaid woven-wool tie really stands out, and the design enables you to team run-of-the mill-blues, creams and whites and allows you to pull the whole outfit together while throwing some additional colours out there. I love the idea of this for festive parties with chinos, a white shirt and brogues and for the more adventurous of you out there, a tweed blazer!

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Ted Baker Clubpas Club Stripe Tie £55 from Ted Baker.
Penrose Frost Tie £95 from Selfridges.
Alexander Olch Plaid Woven Wool Tie £125 from Mr Porter.

Mens Scarves

The scarf is a great functional piece of your wardrobe and a piece where quality is often very important. This is mainly due to the amount of time it is going to spend snuggled up to your neck brushing up against your stubble, and as such it is important to invest in quality fabrics. It is also a great way to add texture, and personality to an outfit with minimal effort.

I’ve found three pretty funky options, the first of which is from Topman. This mixed yarn, is soft synthetic fabric and a mix of white, grey, orange and brown tones, and is great as it is subtle and will pretty much go with anything. The second option is the Armani Jeans Nordic Jaquard scarf, which is really chunky and on trend and comes in an easy to team grey and white colour scheme. It is a mix of wool and synthetic making it both hard wearing and warm. With an apparent Ski undertone this thick scarf would work great either shopping in town or just the same on piste. Team this with an oversize sport-luxe coat and some dark denim. For the smarter gent, the J Crew Plaid Cashmere scarf could take the chill off the commute or weekend foray to the shops. It would work well layered over a chunky-knit cardigan and denim for a stylish way to avoid the cold, or tucked into your suit jacket, all the while keeping the chill off your neck.

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Left to right:
Topman Mixed Yarn Scarf – £16 from Topman.
Armani Jeans Nordic Jaquard Scarf – £100 from Selfridges.
J Crew Plaid Cashmere Scarf – £110 from Mr Porter.

Mens Umbrellas

Umbrellas are becoming a more contemporary way of standing out from the crowd. It is perfectly acceptable for you to throw something a little more unorthodox out there in you pursuit of the dry, with some designs being overtly crazy and others being funky underneath offering the passer-by just a glimpse of your quirky alter-ego. The first brolly I have picked out is the Paul Smith multi striped trim Umbrella. It features Mr Smith’s signature stripe design around the rim of the umbrella, offering a teaser of charisma, but reining it in, with traditional British design. Relatively young Fashion brand London Undercover (founded in 2008) is at the forefront of reinventing the umbrella as a fashion accessory, and as such I have selected two of their finer examples to showcase. The collaboration with fellow British brand YMC culminated in the release of the Navajo-inspired printed Umbrella. It is expertly crafted from a combination of solid maple wood and recycled fabric, and this unique accessory is guaranteed to brighten up grey days quicker than you can pop it up. Finally the sublime King of Clubs offering also from London Undercover shows that you can be an individual but still conform to classical design. The shaft and handle of this brolly are made of beech wood, and the outer covering is black. Underneath, the umbrella reveals its trump card so-to-speak, and has a fresh and bold ‘King of Clubs’ playing card design, that would just peek out from under its black surround while you are walking around. I really love the idea of this, and London Undercover does a comprehensive range of travel friendly ‘folded’ umbrellas for those of you who want the flexibility of tucking the brolly on you satchel – including a ‘beans on toast’ design! So give them a look!

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Left to right:
Paul Smith multi striped trim Brolly £65 from Selfridges.
London Undercover x YMC Navajo Brolly £70 from Mr Porter.
London Undercover King of Clubs Brolly £120 from London Undercover.

There we have it, your ultimate men’s winter accessory guide, whether treating yourself, or dropping hints for the whole family! If there is something I’ve missed or an accessory you are in love with, let us know on the website, via e-mail or on twitter!

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